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HI5001 Accounting for Business Decisions Assignment
The total mark of this assessment is 30%.
In this assessment, you require the group to take on research by use of Australian stock exchange or the company whose industry is MATERIALS that you have select.
The assignment objective is to develop knowledge of the structure of financial statements and their usage in decision making. The task is selecting a publicly listed company from the Australian stock exchange. You have to analyze the profitability based on the latest financial report is very significant.
This group assignment is in itself includes several areas of the course, every of which includes a part of the groups’ task. Though, it is well stimulated to contain any extra information that the group may consider will be valuable in leading analysis of financial statements of the certain company.
The report should be arranged by a group with a maximum of 4 members. Reports must be confined to 3,000 words (+/- 5%).
Part 1 Executive Summary & Introduction (15 points)
You have to provide an executive summary which states the problem, how it was examined, what was found, and what the finding means. The introduction may consist the company’s background related to business structure, services, operations and all other business activity that is conducted etc.
Part 2 Main body
A. statement of financial position (10 points)
Use the annual report for the year ending 30 June 2015. Your group will need to review the major sections of this report in order to familiarize yourselves with the content of each of the financial statements and appropriate notes to the financial statements.
Review the balance sheet of the company and indicate the amount of the following:
a) Total current assets
b) Total non-current assets
c) Total current liabilities
d) Total non-current liabilities
e) Total stockholder’s equity
Compare the above figures with the previous year and compute the percentage increase or decrease and comment on the comparative financial condition of the company.
b. Stakeholders’ equity (10 points)
Review the stockholders' equity section in your chosen company's most recent year-end balance sheet and compare that with the previous year-end balance sheet. Compare percentage increase or decrease. List the stockholders' equity account balances and number of outstanding shares from these two balance sheets and compute the increase or decrease for each during this past year.
C. Statement of Profit & Loss (10 points)
Review the income statement and indicate the following:
a) Total (operating) revenues
b) Cost of Goods Sold (if relevant)
c) Total expenses (before income taxes)
d) Any non-operating (or extraordinary) gains and losses
e) Earnings per common share Compare the above figures with the previous year and compute the percentage increase or decrease and comment on the comparative financial operation of the company
D. Statement of Cash Flow (10 points)
Review the statement of cash flows for the most recent year and indicate the following:
a) net cash inflow (outflow) from operating activities
b) net cash inflow (outflow) from financing activities
c) net cash inflow (outflow) from investing activities
d) net increase (decrease) in cash during the year Analyse the Cash Flow Statements for the last 2 years and comment on the cash position of the company
Part 3 Conclusion (15 points)
Discuss the importance & interpretation of the findings.
Part 4 Recommendations (15 points)
What is the course of action based on your conclusion?
Part 5 References (5 points)
List all sources used. Harvard style of referencing should be used.
Part 6 Appendices (5 points)
Graphs, charts, tables or other data not mentioned in the body.
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